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Publisher's Summary

What would you do if you spotted a man following a young woman, but no-one else could see him?

Like most sane people, student Alex Webber thought he was hallucinating - perhaps he'd consumed something bad at the party he'd been attending that night, or he was severely overtired.

But when he sees the mysterious man following Natalie again the very next day, he can no longer disbelieve his eyes.

Although she denies the man's existence, Alex sees her walking with him down a road in his neighborhood he's never seen before - and can't help but follow. After a bizarre, but strangely short journey, he finds himself standing before a towering iron gate wreathed in gray ivy, behind which looms a decrepit old mansion named Spellshadow Manor.

Spellshadow, with its beautiful yet sinisterly decorated hallways, ever-changing outdoor scenery, and very unusual residents...Alex will quickly learn it is a place that is as wondrous as it is deadly.

Especially for a normal person like him.

What if you found yourself recruited to an institute of magic, only to discover you really couldn't do magic?

What if your enrollment there was all one big, terrible mistake?

If you were at Spellshadow, you'd keep it a secret. A deep, dark, deadly secret...

Because Spellshadow's elusive head is hiding a secret of his own - one that Alex soon realizes he and Natalie must uncover at all costs if either of them wishes to leave the Manor alive...and before it's too late.

©2015 Bella Forrest (P)2017 Bella Forrest

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Not bad, but it's no Harry Potter

The only thing close to the Harry Potter series is the shifting hallways and the minuscule amount of magic. It has a bit of Grimm the television series but even then only vaguely. I listened to the end as that's the only way on can really judge a book but honestly there was not much to hold on to. Unlike HP that has a climactic scene then closes one mystery but still holds to one overall mystery, there is no climax and one is left with "I suffered through all that and for what?" The story has great potential but in the probable rush to publish I believe someone forgot to write something in order to build up the audience.
Hopefully book two will explain some things but I don't hold out much hope. The narrator was quite good and he was the only reason I could keep listening.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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NO NO NO!

This is NOT for those who love Harry Potter. ....not even close. Really misleading advertising. Don't buy it.

16 of 19 people found this review helpful

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No go on this one

I could not get over the person narrating the book. It was horrible. I actually stopped listening. How do I get my money back? This is nothing against Bella Forrest as she is a great author.

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NOT HARRY POTTER

I was fooled by the hype on Facebook. This is nothing like Harry Potter. I only finished it hoping it would have a good ending. The end leaves you hanging and I don't care enough to find out what happens in the sequels.

21 of 30 people found this review helpful

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Amateurish

The writing is amateurish, with the author telling us, not showing us. Some of the similes used we're ridiculous. Overall, a ridiculous story. Don't waste your time.

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Accent

The “French” accent of the female lead sounds German or Austrian and is very distracting.

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Felt Forced

This book is advertised as being similar to the Harry Potter series, and yes, there is magic and a school— but that’s where the likeness ends.
There is something forced about the way this story tries to be the next HP series but tries not to be at the same time, if that makes any sense. It’s different enough to capture your interest, but the novelty wears off quickly and I didn’t feel invested in any of the characters or their relationships to one another. I kept finding my mind drift and I would have to rewind multiple times because my attention had been lost. The narrator did his best to keep it interesting— with lots of interesting vocal changes and accents— but it just wasn’t enough to support the weak story arc.

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different

different but not bad, darker than what I thought it would be. But interesting excited to listen to book 2

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Will buy book 2

Captivating start. Middle drags some. Ending hooks you to continue to book 2. I'm intrigued.

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Very good, new take on "magical academy" genre.

This book was a little slow taking off but eventually hits its stride and keeps you interested which is impressive when your characters are confined to one place the whole time. I overall enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-08-17

Underdeveloped....

I did not enjoy this audiobook. The characters were under developed as was the storyline. There were parts of the plot that were just not explained and it was all just a bit underwhelming. I will not be reading any other books in the series.

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  • Sofia Panagiotou
  • 04-13-18

Interesting story

Facebook would come up with this series comparing it to Harry Potter series. I will start by saying that the series should not and cannot be compared to the HP series they are different and interesting within their own right! What I will say for anyone wondering about the differences within the series: JKRoling creates the wording world and this series focuses more on the mystery part of it all! the story introduces us to The manor and how the world within the mannor itself but so far not beyond it like The Harry Potter Series. That is that all I will say for anyone who expects another style of HP series! Yes though as the story suggests there is manic involved.
The Secret of Spellshadow Manor so far is that if a mystery about why all of the events happen. It is the reason why the reader/listener keeps going to get the answers along with Alex. The story does focus on the thoughts of Alex and the actions of getting home as well getting answers about the mannor.
I enjoyed the story and the narrator did a great job!

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  • Rebel
  • 03-18-18

Disappointed

I absolutely love the girl who dares to think series so assumed this would be just as good. wrong.... Really sad I spent a credit on this. Characters are dull and forgettable, story is just plain boring.

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  • Esther
  • 02-09-18

Great story, will download the 2nd one

This was a great story and really eerie in places but the voices of the reader were sometimes off putting.

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  • Mrs A
  • 09-06-17

Jeez - can not believe there is a series!

Nothing happens! Its dull, pointless and so far fetched it's crazy! Move on - nothing to read here!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Nik A.
  • 07-20-17

very slow with no conclusion

No where near like Harry Potter. I feel like I've not really learnt anything more about the story. major events happen and there are no consequences for them. confusing

7 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Rhys
  • 01-31-18

Overall A Solid Listen

Overall the book is what you really expect going in from a YA book, the performance by the voice over makes listening to it an enjoyable experience. It set's things up for what seems to be turning into a fairly long series for something in this format.